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Importance of Omega 3 and 6 in your diet

Omega 3 and Omega 6 and why they matter

Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of polyunsaturated fat (like omega-6), considered an essential fatty acid because it cannot be manufactured by the body. As a result, people must obtain omega-3 fatty acids from foods such as fish, nut and plant-based oils, such as canola oil and sunflower oils.
Omega-3 fatty acids correct imbalances in modern diets that lead to health problems. Eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids can help lower the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, and cancer, as well as lower LDL or "bad" cholesterol.

Omega-6 fatty acid is also a polyunsaturated fat, essential for human health because it cannot be made in the body. For this reason, people must obtain omega-6 fatty acids by consuming foods such as meat, poultry and eggs as well as nut and plant-based oils, such as canola and sunflower oils. Most omega-6 fatty acids are consumed in the diet from vegetable oils, such as linoleic acid. Excessive amounts of linoleic acid can contribute to inflammation and result in heart disease, cancer, asthma, arthritis and depression.

Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids: Striking the Balance

By finding a balance between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in the diet, both substances can work together to promote health. Although omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 fatty acids all serve different functions within the body, the evidence is clear that incorporating balanced proportions of both essential and non-essential fatty acids are necessary for maintaining overall heart health and general wellness.